NAF PPORA Mares Awards – new for 2017 – 2018
NAF PPORA Mare of the Month & Mare of the Season Awards
New for 2017 – 2018, the NAF PPORA Mare of the Month Award – open to all mares and fillies running in British Point to Points – is designed to shine the spotlight on the achievements of mares and fillies racing between the flags.
These awards are designed to celebrate achievement in the widest sense and are about eye-catching performances and noteworthy achievements – which may be one off or cumulative – it’s not just about winners on the board in any given month.
Over the course of the 2016 – 2017 season we saw some remarkable performances from Mares at all levels in our sport from Maiden Race to Hunter Chase level, and they also featured prominently in the season’s awards and championship, as the examples below show.
There will be 6 monthly winners each of which will be considered for the overall PPORA Mare of Season Award which will be presented at the PPORA Grassroots Awards Lunch on Friday June 8th 2018.
MonthlyWinners will receive a selection of NAF products, and a bottle of champagne from the PPORA. The winning owners of the NAF PPORA Mare of the Season will be given two tickets to join us at the PPORA Grassroots Awards Lunch on Friday 8th June 2018 when they will be presented with a memento of their horse’s achievements.
Notable Mares from 2016 – 2017
Homebred Grassroots Championship Success.
From the yard of owner-breeder-trainers Chris and Fran Marriott, Dabinett Moon continues the stable tradition of apple themed names – Dabinett Moon is a variety of cider apples. This successful mare’s family association with Marriotts stretches back more than 4o years to her her granddam Windfall VI.
No stranger to success Dabinett Moon – the 2015 – 2016 Subaru Restricted Championship Final winner, who boasts a laudable 50% winning strike rate in Point to Points and Hunter Chases – claimed the Heythrop Members’ Race at Cocklebarrow in April before chasing the talented Frelia home in the Subaru Restricted Championship Final at Cheltenham in May. A further runner up spot in a Towcester Hunter Chase 10 days later saw her bang on song to claim the Skinner’s Ladies Open Point-to-Point Championship Final, under her regular rider Clare Hardwick at Stratford on June 9th.
The intriguingly named, Lostin A Fog, a maiden point winner at Boulta in Ireland put her experience to good use to land the first British Point to Point Bumper in February.
A trailblazer from the off she fought back ferociously having been headed by Oliver’s Island (Page Fuller) and under a well timed ride by owner-rider John Reddington was back in front when it counted as the duelling rivals flew across the line.
Progressive Maiden Achieves Dual Champion Status.
Progressive mare Cheltenham Mati, trained by Tim Underwood, was a maiden winner on her first appearance at the Barbury International Meeting on January 14th 2017.
She made good on the promise shown that day and proved tough and game throughout a 5 month campaign making the frame on 9 occasions from 11 starts (4 wins and 5 places).
Her season finished with an emphatic victory in the Intermediate at Trecoed where, partnered by the season’s leading novice James Bowen, she left the favourite Lukes Hill (Bradley Gibbs) trailing in her wake.
Cheltenham Mati finished the season as the winner of the Subaru Restricted Championship, the Jockey Club Champion Novice Mare, winner of the PPORA Welsh Borders Area Young Horse Award and 3rd in the National Young Horse Award sponsored by The Point To Point Racing Company.
5 year old Black Sam Bella, was the eye-catching winner of a a 2m 4f maiden at the Vine and Craven at Barbury in February – her only start for Point to Point Trainer Laura Thomas, she was subsequently sold for £35000 to join top flight National Hunt Trainer Dan Skelton and has since run in a Bumper and Hurdle Race and continuesto look an exciting proposition finishing runner up on her 2 starts for the new yard – a Bumper and Hurdle Race.
PPORA Mare of the Month 2017 – 2018 Monthly Award Winners:
November – December:
Horse: Almost There, 7 y-o (Tikkanen (USA) – Miss Ondee (FR) (Dress Parade)) Owner: Nick Wright Keeper: Nick Wright Area: East Anglia Jockey: Archie Wright Nominated by: Chris Biston (PPORA Member)
Other Nominations for November-December: Pique Rock and Lily’s Got Wings
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PPORA Mare of the Season 2017 – 2018 Winner:
Nominations – Monthly Awards
These awards are open to all mares and fillies running in British Point to Points. All PPORA Members are invited to submit nominations for mares who have caught their eye over the previous month.
To make a nomination please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your email should include:
- “Mare of the Month Nomination” in the subject field
- Your Name and PPORA Membership Number (of known)
- The name of the mare you wish to nominate, long with their owner and keeper
- A summary (no more of 150 words) explaining their achievements, including the preceding month, and why you believe they would be a worthy winner of the award
The deadlines for receipt of nominations are shown below:
Award Month : Nomination Deadline 5pm on:
November / December (combined) : Tuesday January 2nd
January : Monday February 5th
February : Monday March 5th
March : Tuesday April 3rd
April : Tuesday May 8th
May : Monday May 21st
Sammy Martin, Racing Manager from NAF, will select a winner from the nominations received, and the winner will be announced on www.ppora.co.uk, Facebook and Twitter
Mare of the Season Award
The Mare of the Season Award Winner will be chosen by Sammy Martin from amongst the 6 monthly winners